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Torre tries to reassure Billingsley

Torre tries to reassure Billingsley

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CINCINNATI -- Dodgers manager Joe Torre met with struggling right-hander Chad Billingsley prior to Wednesday night's game at Great American Ball Park.

Billingsley lasted just three innings in Tuesday's 11-9 loss to the Reds, allowing seven runs (four earned) on seven hits. He also made a costly throwing error during a six-run second inning.

Billingsley is 1-0 with a 7.07 ERA in three starts.

Following the game, Billingsley said he felt his location was good in Tuesday's outing and that he was making quality pitches. Torre disagreed.

"You don't get hit like that if you make good pitches," said Torre. "If you do, we have a problem. We just need to get better. We talked about some things today."

Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt suggested that Billingsley might be a bit too predictable right now. Torre said Billingsley isn't trusting all of his pitches.

"He throws his cutter a lot," said Torre. "You can't rely on one pitch too much. His success has been his ability to use all of his pitches."

Torre said he has no plans to push Billingsley back in the rotation and that he will make his scheduled start on Sunday in Washington.

"We just need a better result during his time on the mound," Torre said. "He's feeling for it out there. I know it bothers him. He's a fine young man with a good heart. It's a matter of trusting himself."

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